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‘Mary Stayed Out All Night’ Ends With Little To Show

Mary Stayed Out All Night was an absolute waste of its young and talented leads comprising of Jang Geon Seok, Kim Jae Wook, and Moon Geun Young.  Being an adaptation, there probably was a bare minimum the producers had to follow, but from a one hundred plus episodes manhwa they could’ve and should’ve been able to reap better scenarios and sewn them into a cohesive mural of beauty instead of a dishevel quilt of patches.

There wasn’t anything fresh about the titular character Mary (played by MGY), but more unfortunate was she wasn’t root-worthy. She came off bland, not having fatal cons, but neither having strong nor endearing pros which made it difficult to buy that both the male leads fell in love with her so quickly and completely. The massive mob of unflattering curls overpowering MGY’s small face and frame didn’t help her character’s case either.  Even though she had a killer wardrobe of eclectic bohemian pieces, it wasn’t necessarily, for the most part, combined and matched well nor fitted in the right size on her. In fact, her wardrobe and hair were very distracting throughout the whole duration of the drama. 

Moving on, JGS’s character Mu-gul was simply a messy character to witness and endure. He had the unfortunate mixture of mopiness, insecurity, attachment isssues, rashness, and bringing it all to its disagreeable rim a lack of sufficient noogans between the ears to connect a row of vision impaired friendly numbered dots even with a How-To-Connect-the-Dots-for-Dummies besides him for reference. In terms of the character’s style, it has nothing on JGS’s real life style. In fact, Mu-gul’s style was rather tame compared to the usual ensembles JGS shows up in public in, but it does make one wonder if the stylist did his/her research or instead slacked off and just decided to pile on all the style stereotypes and prejudices of what he/she believes a young alternative bohemian rocker looks like and dresses in on Mu-gul.

Last in this trio is KJW’s Jung-in, styled from head to toe reminiscent of Jude Law’s futuristic artificial intelligent robot character in Steven Spielberg’s A.I.: Artificial Intelligence(2001). His hair was too slick and high, his face too shiny and structured, his suits too stiff and manufactured that one can almost smell the starch in the collar and hear the last snip from the tailor’s scissors before the garments were draped over his lean almost mannequin-like frame.  The character’s traits were the usual stuff of second male leads- overflowing family wealth, unreasonably good looks, daddy issues, self-sacrificing (for the female lead) inclination, touch of vulnerability, and perfected I’m-rejected–but-I-sincerely-wish-them-the best-even-though-I-still-love-her martyr expression.  Again, nothing fresh about his character, but at least in KJW’s ownership, the character emoted naturally.

Mary’s storyline was a joke. It had an unlikely and confusing premise to begin with, but winnable in more capable scripting hands. (Case done oh so very right: soul switching fantastical romantic comedy Secret Garden.)  Like déjà vu, the same sequence of events and emotions kept playing over and over again so that even if one missed two or three episodes, unavoidably or purposely, one really wouldn’t miss much of the storyline at all- only difference is change of clothes and setting. The sequence of Mary agreeing to marry then breaking it off with the rich alpha Jung-in because she’s really in love with the poor boho Mu-gyul, was repeated several times even to the last predictable episode. The only unpredictable, creative even, though this is not meant to be a compliment, was what kind of manufactured wacky obstacles and hijinks would nonsensically turn up to instigate and try to move the not very romantic, not very comedic story that, if logical is slightly forgivable, but in the case of Mary is nowhere to be sensed.  The characters’ reactions and decisions were so frustrating to watch… that it’s better to just not.

Mary Stayed Out All Night OST: Hello Hello

Mary Stayed Out All Night OST Special Version

“Hello Hello” by Jang Geun Suk

I was wandering on the crowded street

The word I could hear naturally

Hello, Hello Even if it's a little strange

A good feeling that wasn't awkward

I was wondering if I can lean on you

Showing my heart that was wrinkled

Thank you, Thank you

Revealing my true feelings, thankful

Yes Hello, Hello
My cute angel

Always watch my side

And Thank you, Thank you

One word I want to say to you No No No No

Just to say thank you

It's not easy to be purposely different

It would be regretful to go through this

I know, I know

It might be better to be a smiling pierrot

Is it possible to stand up without getting messy

Even if I shake it off, the pain builds up

She knows, She knows

Now it's no longer just my worry

Yes Hello, Hello

My cute angel

Always watch my side

And Thank you, Thank you

One word I want to say to you No No No No

Just to say thank you

Countless times I wanted to confront the whole world

You are the one who taught me how to greet

This melody that exceeds my heart

I will keep it with you

Yes Hello, Hello

My cute angel

Always watch my side

And Thank you, Thank you

One word I want to say to you No No No No

Instead of the words I love you, with the words thank you

I send my whole heart to you

Mary Stayed Out All Night OST: My Precious

Mary Stayed Out All Night OST

“My Precious” by Jang Geun Suk

Shy whisper, soaking through the rim of the ear, our memories is piling up

Foolish and pretty images that we see of each other

Like a sunshine that comes through the streetlight in the alley

You gave me a small dream, something I never knew

My Precious [My Precious]
My Precious [My Precious]
Warm enough to erase the memories that were like a thorn

My Precious [My Precious]
My Precious [My Precious]
Fluttered enough to keep the memories of the past summer

doo loo doo doo doo doo doo doo loo doo doo doo doo doo
doo loo doo doo doo doo doo doo loo doo doo doo doo doo
doo loo doo doo doo doo doo doo loo doo doo doo doo doo
doo loo doo doo doo doo doo doo~

The glitter on your eyes that is breaking by the refreshing wind

The memories of my innocent days come to my heart

My lost wishes that I really wanted

When I turn around and see that all my memories are gone

You held my two hands tight when I thought I would be alone

My Precious [My Precious]
My Precious [My Precious]
You touched my broken heart without any words

My Precious [My Precious]
My Precious [My Precious]
The flutters that allow me to do anything if you are with me

My Precious [Warmer than any sunshine]
My Precious [More beautiful than any gem]
You touched my broken heart without any words

My Precious [Cleaner than any sky]
My Precious [Clearer than any glass]
The flutters that allow me to do anything if you are with me

My Precious

Mary Stayed Out All Night OST: Tell Me Your Love

Mary Stayed Out All Night OST

“Tell Me Your Love” by TRAX

When the sun shined bright, tell me your love
Without you, I'm alone
fall in your love
Old memories that flows with you
I love you  (I love you)  love you Don't let go of my hand
oh- I love you  ( love you) 
oh- It's tell me your love

If I close my eyes, the wind of that time
The scent of that time hugs me
When I tremble I remember the time like a dream
Do you know, it's like a dream
During those times I had with you
Even the air was sweet

When the sun shined bright, tell me your love
Without you, I'm alone
fall in your love
Old memories flow with you
I love you  (I love you)  love you Don't let go of my hand
oh- I love you  ( love you) 
oh- It's tell me your love

Someday we can forget our times and live through
But I will love you more than the time that has passed
I can see only you
I see nothing else
Only you are in my heart

When the sun shined bright, tell me your love
Without you, I'm alone
fall in your love
Old memories flow with you
I love you  (I love you)  love you Don't let go of my hand
oh- I love you  ( love you)
oh- It's tell me your love

Even you must feel this way
Do you hear me, I hear your voice all day long
Don't you feel the same way about these sweet times

When the sun shined bright, tell me your love
Without you, I'm meaningless
fall in your love
I keep remembering you in those memories
I love you  (I love you)  love you Don't let go of my hand
oh- I love you  ( love you) 
oh- It's tell me your love

Mary Stayed Out All Night OST: Take Me, My Bus!

Mary Stayed Out All Night OST

“Take Me, My Bus!” Jang Geun Suk

Like crazy Just   Run Run Run Running

Go Go Take me  My Bus   To the Stage

My Heart is   Beat Beat Beat Beating

Boom Boom The hurricane sound that comes even inside my heart

High Jump Jump Jump  Above the blue sky  

To the far distance Quick Quick Quick

Let's run   Start   You and I

My hair is getting sharp as a blade, unclear Telepathy

The dream that strangles me ( I'm crazy now)

Sweet Jasmine Scent  Another repeating Stress

I want to be free  Dreaming Paradise Oh..

I will go there My friend

Don't think Just run Oh..

To my ocean that I dream of...

Like crazy Just  Run Run Run Running

Go Go Take me  My Bus   To the Stage

My Heart is   Beat Beat Beat Beating

Boom Boom The hurricane sound that comes even inside my heart

High Jump Jump Jump  Above the blue sky  

To the far distance Quick Quick Quick

Let's run   Start   You and I

Never to fall down..

Severe smoke Always stunning Television

Waking  Noise ( I'm tired now)

Bitter taste and wiggling Strain

I want to be free  Dreaming Paradise Oh..

I will go there  My friend

Like a bird Fly to the sky   Riding your wings..

Like crazy Just   Run Run Run Running

Go Go Take me  My Bus  To the Stage

My Heart is   Beat Beat Beat Beating

Boom Boom The hurricane sound that comes even inside my heart

High Jump Jump Jump  Above the blue sky  

To the far distance Quick Quick Quick

I will run  Just Run  Run  Run

Never to fall down..

Take me My Bus..

Never to fall down..

Take me My Bus..

Theater Tested Actresses

As if Mary Stayed Out All Night doesn’t have enough appeal already, it can now confidently boast ‘real’ performing artists in whatever marketing or promotional gimmicks it chooses moving forward. The newest addition to the cast, joining Moon Geun Young, Jang Geun Seok, and Kim Jae Wook, is Kim Hyo Jin, fresh off the stage of Fool For Love. Prior to her stage run, she was last seen on the big screen in 2009’s ensemble film Ogamdo (The Five Senses of Eros).

Kim Hyo Jin will be playing a newly created character ‘Seo Joon’, who is not part of the original manhwa story which Mary is adapted from. ‘Seo Joon’ is Jang Geun Seok’s character’s ex-girlfriend in the drama, a celebrity with both inner and outer beauty. She’s charasmatic and confident with beauty and talent all packaged into one. Last but not least, she also comes from a respectable background, an extremely important trait to have, perhaps no longer as firmly stipulated in today’s Korean society, but is still very much held onto in the Korean drama universe.

It may be a New York thing, drama school hang-up or even Off-Broadway background bias, but whatever the reason, it’s difficult not to look at actors and actresses with more respect and/or legitimacy after they’ve stumbled, endured, and been polished under the searing stage lights of a live theater audience. Night after night…

Thus, my hats off to the producers of Mary for roping in an ensemble of young talents that’re sure to engage and impress us.

Full House so Mary Stayed Out All Night

Teaser Poster for MSOAN

Maybe it’s time to fold on the idea of a Full House sequel with Rain and Song Hye Gyo intact. At this point, do audiences really want to see SHG do aegyo (super cute) anymore? Or Rain as an immature, fashion question mark brat? She has turned out to be an elegant, versatile actress and commercial princess that reprising her 2004 hyper cutesy, naive, mischievous role would actually seem like a step back in her career and acting development. He has become so ridiculously famous and international, a full mansion might not be able to contain him. Even if the producers should set the drama years later into their marriage life or what not, it’s not really Full House anymore, is it? So the next best thing as far as satisfying the prolonged Full House fever is concerned is another adaptation from the same manhwa creator and writer Won Soo Yeon.  Maybe great creative minds think alike, because the light is go and money vault is open for such an idea. Coming to KBS in November is the light-hearted adaptation of manhwa Mary Stayed Out All Night (no arguments here if the producers should elect to change the misleadingly scandalous title).

The story surrounds three protagonists- Mary, a dating virgin and daughter of a failed chaebol who shuns dating at her tender age only to then end up in an envious love triangle with two completely opposite yet equally magnetic guys in the form of a free-spirited hippie musician and a prestigiously educated, responsible, and rich tycoon. All three leads have finally been cast to much of the netizens’ great approval and applause.

Moon Geun Young (Cinderella’s Sister 신데렐라 언니 2010, The Painter of the Wind 바람의 화원 2008) lauded as the finest Korean actress of her generation plays Wi Mae Ri (Mary), Jang Geun Seok (You’re Beautiful 미남이시네요 2009, Beethoven’s Virus 베토벤 바이러스 2008) rocks the role of frontman Kang Moo Kyul, while Kim Jae Wook (Bad Guy 나쁜 남자 2010, The 1st Shop of the Coffee Prince 커피프린스1호점 2007) sets up the love triangle as steady Byun Jung In.

It might be a favorite plot devise of the manhwa author, because similar to the marriage contract used to bond the lead characters in Full House, the premise of this love triangle lies in the love contracts that Mary enters separately into with both guys. Learning from the failure of her business father, these contracts are sure to contain clear terms, stipulations, and expiration date which roughly translates to storied excuses, amusing misunderstandings, and a sea of sighs and squeals from viewers.

Mary Stayed Out All Night also has a very interesting Trivial Pursuit tie to Full House– Moon Geun Young played the child role of the character Eun Suh, whom Song Hye Gyo played the adult role in none other than Autumn in My Heart 가을동화 (2000) arguably the k-drama that ignited the Korean Wave.

Penned by In Eun Na (Goong 궁 2006) and directed by Hong Seuk Gu (Kyung-sook, Kyung-sook’s Father 경숙이 경숙아버지 2009), 2010’s last trendy drama drops on November 8 on KBS, picking up the Monday-Tuesday slot of Sungkyunkwan Scandal.